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Prepare Ye!. Isaiah 40:2-4 & John 3:1-3 Second Sunday of Advent Preached at Union Church, Quincy Michigan December 8, 2013 Rev. John W. Landis, DMin. “Ready for Christmas!”. What we define as “ Ready ”. Decorations out House Clean Shopping done .

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Prepare ye

Prepare Ye!

Isaiah 40:2-4 & John 3:1-3

Second Sunday of Advent

Preached at Union Church, Quincy Michigan

December 8, 2013

Rev. John W. Landis, DMin



What we define as ready
What we define as “Ready”

  • Decorations out

  • House Clean

  • Shopping done



We prepare for the wrong things the wrong way
We Prepare for the Wrong ThingstheWrong Way!


Christmas for many is
Christmas for many is:

A Time to:

Stretch already stretched schedules

  • Spend money we don’t have; on things we don’t need

  • Rip and Run

    • Noise and Chaos


What should we prepare for
What should we prepare for?

  • Christ to enter our lives

  • To share the “Good News”

  • To help those who God sends our way

  • To show God’s love

    • Through our actions


What should we prepare for1
What should we prepare for?

  • To enjoy the gifts that God gives

    • Family

    • Each other

    • Opportunities

      • To worship

      • To serve

        • Be part of God’s plan

      • To know God


To spend eternity in the kingdom of god
To spend Eternityin the Kingdom of God


How?

  • Stop running around

    • Be quiet

  • Focus on the message of Christmas

  • Figure out how you would tell YOUR story of God’s work in your life


How?

  • Pray

  • Read the Bible and Meditate

    • Listen– Quietly

  • Look for opportunity

  • Acquire Skills and Knowledge

  • Look for the Blessings

  • Rejoice and Be Glad


Then wait patiently
Then WAIT PATIENTLY


As a congregation
As a Congregation . . .

Your Waiting is Like Mary’s

A Pregnant waiting!


Prepare to give birth to something new
Prepare to give birth to something NEW!


That to which you will give birth will have some of the same traits and some different ones
That to which you will give birthwill have some of the same traits and some different ones!



And as with mary and joseph there is a journey to take
And as with Mary and Josephthere is a journey to take!


Don t be surprised if in the birthing there is some pain
Don’t be surprised if in the birthing there is some PAIN



What will come forth will be a gift from god
What will come forth will be a gift from God!


We need to prepare for the JourneyWe need to prepare to give BirthWe need to prepare to receive the New!We need to be prepared to share the Blessing!


Now go and prepare for the gift of the coming days
Now go and prepare for the gift of the coming days.


Prepare then be ready to receive the tidings of comfort and joy which is for all people
Prepare . . .then be Readyto receive the tidings of Comfort and Joywhich is for all people


Christ is coming are you prepared
Christ is Coming!Are you Prepared?


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